HK doctor who monitored travellers at airport tests positive for Covid-19

26-Mar-2020 Intellasia | THesTar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A doctor tasked with screening returning travellers at Hong Kong International Airport is one of at least 10 people to have tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 on Monday, sources have told the Post.

The female Department of Health employee, who has been working at the airport since March 16, is being treated at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

“She was mainly responsible for signing quarantine orders and asking travellers questions,” a source said.

It was not immediately clear how she contracted the virus. If confirmed, she could be the first doctor in Hong Kong to have been infected while working in the city.

A medical source said the doctor had been tasked with screening asymptomatic cases among travellers returning to the city, and had only worn a face mask and face shield, but not full protective gear.

Previously, another two doctors were understood to have contracted the virus after travelling abroad.

If Monday’s positive tests are confirmed, it would take the city’s infection tally to 327, with four deaths.

Hong Kong reported a flurry of 44 cases on Sunday, the second-highest single-day spike since the outbreak began.

The Post has contacted the health department for comment.


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